Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

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Although post-traumatic stress disorder is often associated with those who have suffered an injury whilst serving in the military, it can also affect civilians, especially those who have suffered a serious injury, whether at work, whilst driving or in public.

If you are suffering from post traumatic stress disorder as a result of an accident, personal injury or due to your time in the military, contact the expert solicitors at Forbes today on 0800 689 0973.

We have a dedicated team of legal professionals with experience in helping sufferers of PTSD claim compensation for this debilitating condition and can help you get the compensation you deserve.

What is post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)?

Post traumatic stress disorder is a severe anxiety disorder that can affect a patient in a wide variety of ways, causing severe emotional suffering and a variety of physical symptoms that render the person unable to function normally or go about their day as they normally would have beforehand.

PTSD can also be known as shell shock, soldier's heart, battle fatigue, combat stress or post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSS) and was first used to diagnose veterans of the Vietnam War.

Causes of PTSD

There are two main "gateway criteria" that a person must experience before they can be diagnosed with PTSD. These criteria are categorised as

  1. Threat of death or serious injury and
  2. Intense fear and a sense of complete helplessness.

An individual can experience the threat of death or serious injury in many situations, an example being when they are involved in a road traffic accident. An individual may be involved in a collision where a truck or another car is flying towards them, leading them to believe they may die or suffer serious injury. An individual can also develop PTSD whilst serving in the military, two examples being if they are involved in an accident or come under heavy fire.

An individual may experience intense fear and a sense of complete helplessness if they are a passenger in a car involved in a road traffic accident. In this instance they could feel completely powerless to stop the accident and fear for their lives. In addition an individual may be paralysed by fear whilst they are serving in the military and feel like they are unable to react.

These are just a handful of examples of how PTSD may be caused.

Symptoms of PTSD

If you feel that you are suffering from post traumatic stress disorder, it's vital that you speak to your doctor as soon as possible as they are able to diagnose and treat you accordingly. As we have a dedicated team of solicitors with experience in handling PTSD compensation claims we have seen a wide range of different symptoms and have compiled a short list to use as a general guide:

  • Sufferers may be experiencing extreme physical reactions when thinking about the traumatic event. These symptoms may include nausea, shaking, sweating, increase in heart rate, severe headaches, chest pains and stomach problems
  • The individual may have trouble sleeping and suffer from severe nightmares
  • They may be feeling depressed leading to feelings of hopelessness and suicidal thoughts
  • They may be feeling emotionally detached from individuals and suffer from a lack or complete loss of interest in activities which they would normally enjoy
  • They may be extremely irritable and moody

Start a claim today

If you would like to speak to someone about claiming compensation for post traumatic stress disorder contact the expert solicitors at Forbes today. Whether you have developed PTSD through your time served in the Ministry of Defence (MOD), Royal Air Force (RAF), Royal Navy or The Army, or you are a civilian suffering from this debilitating condition, contact us today for expert legal advice.

We understand how difficult living with this condition can be, especially if it has been caused by someone else's negligence or if you have developed PTSD whilst serving in the military and the MoD has failed to treat you appropriately.

Call us today on freephone 0800 689 0973 or contact us by email to speak to an expert about your post traumatic stress disorder compensation claim.

Alternatively if you would like a face to face consultation, we have expert Solicitors at each of our offices based in Accrington, Blackburn, Chorley and Preston ready to help you.

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